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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

This is a guide to finding encyclopedias and dictionaries in the UO Libraries.

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Introduction: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Use Encyclopedias and Dictionaries to:

  • Get an overview of your topic or issue
  • Learn the definitions of terms and concepts
  • Identify keywords to use in searching for additional information
  • Get a list of additional recommended sources on your topic
Search Tips
  • To find encyclopedias and dictionaries, both print and online, use LibrarySearch
  • Search for your broad topic and add the term encyclopedias. For example:
    • global warming encyclopedias
    • vietnam war encyclopedias
    • shakespeare encyclopedias
  • For language dictionaries, search for the language and add the term dictionaries. For example:
    • navajo language dictionaries
    • american sign language dictionaries
    • ladino language dictionaries english (for a Ladino to English dictionary)
  • See our research guides for background sources in the subject area. 
  • Ask a librarian!
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